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Kelly gets England call for Norway test

ESPN staff
May 22, 2012
Martin Kelly will join up with the England squad for the game in Oslo © PA Photos

Liverpool right-back Martin Kelly has been added to the England squad for Saturday's friendly against Norway.

Kelly, who has six Under-21 caps to his credit, was drafted into Roy Hodgson's squad on Tuesday, as the new Three Lions manager looks to reinforce his options at full-back for the friendly as his squad prepares for the forthcoming European Championship.

It is the 22-year-old's first call-up for the senior England side.

Hodgson has opted for Kelly over the likes of Manchester City full-back Micah Richards - whose omission from the 23-man squad for the tournament in Poland and Ukraine caused surprise in some quarters.

However, the move may be designed to give Kelly a taste of international football with one eye on increased involvement in the setup after the summer - as the player will only be included for this game before being released back to his club.

"Liverpool's Martin Kelly will join the England squad for Saturday's game with Norway," the FA announced on its Twitter account. "Will return to his club after the game."

With Chelsea's contingent - including John Terry, Gary Cahill and Ashley Cole - not joining up with England until next week following their Champions League success, Kelly will provide much-needed reinforcements to the backline.

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